Factors that Shape Health and Well-Being

Factors that Shape Health and Well-Being

Research shows that the conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play influence their health. Individual health choices and access to quality care represent just part of the equation to ensure all people are as healthy as possible. For example, research has consistently demonstrated strong links between health and employment, involvement with the criminal justice system, community development, education, housing, and transportation, among others. Yet, historically, policy and programmatic decisions in these areas have been made without consideration of the potential impacts on health or whether different groups might be disproportionately affected. By including health considerations in policy decisions across multiple sectors, governments and organizations can improve the well-being of underserved places and populations.

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Agenda for America

A collection of resources to help federal, state, and local decision-makers set an achievable agenda for all Americans

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest. In the coming months, President Joe Biden and the 117th Congress will tackle a number of environmental, health, public safety, and fiscal and economic issues—nearly all of them complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help solve specific, systemic problems in a nonpartisan fashion, Pew has compiled a series of briefings and recommendations based on our research, technical assistance, and advocacy work across America.